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Old July 9th, 2008, 09:22 PM   #41
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ET: MMRDA to raise funds for Rs 7,600 cr Trans-Harbour Link

MMRDA to raise funds for Rs 7,600 cr Trans-Harbour Link

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Mumbai, July 9 (PTI) Maharashtra Government today decided to give the financial responsibility of the ambitious eight lane Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

"A financial model for Rs 7,600 crore MTHL project was discussed and the responsibility was given to MMRDA to raise funds for the project," Minister for Public Works, Anil Deshmukh said after the sub-committee meeting held at Mantralaya today.

Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) would be the implementing authority for MTHL and it would be completed within five years, Deshmukh added.

The initial cost of the project was raised by Rs 1,700 crore due to the addition of two more lanes in the original six lane plan. But its a long term provision, he said.

The sources of revenue were also presented at the meeting. The major source could be through toll and others include betterment fees and development rights.

The betterment fees would be applicable to the people in the impact areas - Uran, Panvel and Khopat. The development rights would be given to MMRDA since it is the financing authority, Deshmukh said.

The final decision about raising of funds and sources of generating revenues would be taken by MMRDA officials, Deshmukh said. PTI
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Old July 11th, 2008, 04:10 PM   #42
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I'm glad that they realised they need atlest 8 lanes of sealink. 6 lane was a joke. 2 lanes would have been used by public transport buses. & just 4 lanes for thru traffic. you're asking for bottle neck & traffic jams in the middle of the 22 km road in the middle of the sea. Would have put lots of stress on the just completed sealink.

Best way to go is have atleast 8 laned sealink with 2 dedicated for bus lanes & also add the metro if they can. It will help the sealink a lot in future.
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Old July 11th, 2008, 08:27 PM   #43
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Actually they need one metro line on each side (one per directon) on such a lengthy bridge if we expect metros to run every couple minutes in each direction ...
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Old July 24th, 2008, 11:20 PM   #44
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‘Let trans-harbour link be under water’

‘Let trans-harbour link be under water’

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Will the 22-km transharbour link between Sewri and Nhava be a road bridge, a roadrail combination or a tunnel under the sea with rail and road on both sides?
As discussions on various models for the bridge get underway, the chairman of NGO Bombay First, Narinder Nayar, has put forward plans for an underground roadway and metro rail connection.
Last week, the state cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure had decided on going ahead with the construction of an eight-lane road bridge across the harbour estimated to cost Rs 7,000 crore. PWD minister Anil Deshmukh had made it clear that he was not in favour of a metro rail link to be added to the planned road bridge. “We will examine the proposal by Bombay First,’’ he said and pointed out that various models had been discussed for the bridge.
According to him, as the link will be underwater, environmental concerns like the flamingos at the Sewri mud flats and the security threat to the BARC undertaking will become irrelevant. He pointed out that such links had been constructed at various locations in China and Europe.
Government officials connected with the Mumbai makeover said that the plan has not yet been taken up for discussion by the cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #45
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I am again getting this feeling that the authorities are going to make only matter worse by talking big things and waste money on renderings and bidding process. Then the matter will end before the construction gets started.
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 04:42 AM   #46
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Finally some news from HT..

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Old September 10th, 2008, 02:01 AM   #47
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MM: Bidding to reopen for trans-harbour sealink

Bidding to reopen for trans-harbour sealink
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Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation will invite fresh bids for the Rs 6,000 crore Sewri-Nhava Sheva sea link in three weeks, even though its still to complete acquisition for approach roads and casting yards required for bridge construction. On Tuesday, MSRDC which is executing the project, called for expression of interests from construction companies. “We will hold consultations with prospective bidders and invite tenders in three weeks,” said MSRDC’s joint managing director S K Biswas.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority will fund the project through internal funds, loans and will collect a toll from users of the sea link. The govt also plans to levy development charges on constructions in Navi Mumbai area, and a premium on sale of floor space index in that area.

While the financing options for the 22 km sea link are being finalised, MSRDC is still to sort out the crucial issue of land acquisition for the project. According to government officials, MSRDC requires about 90 hectares for construction of eight-lane approach roads on the Nhava Sheva side, and has acquired about half of it. It has also demanded 50 hectares for casting yards where portions of the bridge will be built.

According to a MSRDC official, the construction method for the bridge will be finalised on receiving proposals from bidders. “One of the options for construction is to connect pre-cast 50 metre slabs,” he said. The bridge will be completed in five years.
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Old September 10th, 2008, 05:22 AM   #48
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... and the story begins again!!!
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Old September 11th, 2008, 02:25 AM   #49
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Confident that the proposed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link connecting Sewri-Nhava Sheva will lift the fortunes of Raigad district, the MMRDA has decided to make life costlier for the people living in Panvel, Uran, Karjat, Arnala and Alibaug. So, the authority, which is the major financier of the Rs 6,000-crore project, has decided to levy a Betterment Charge on property transactions in the area as a part of recovery of investment.

According to the proposal that was discussed at the 122nd meeting of MMRDA at Mantralaya on Wednesday, the fee would be levied on transfer of properties. While, the residential property transactions will attract 1 per cent, commercial property transactions will have to pay a 3 per cent Betterment Fee.

Forwarding the proposal, MMRDA argued that the Trans Harbour Link was going to increase income levels for property owners in the areas adjoining Nhava-Sheva.

The Betterment Fee is one of the three ways chalked out by the authority to recover the cost of the sea link. The other three ways include (a) levy of toll and rights of advertisements. (b) Special Planning Authority for the areas influenced by the link, which will have rights to sanction FSI up to 4 and premium on it.(c) Implementation of the concept of development rights in Sewri.

The MMRDA will make an initial investment of Rs 2000 crore in the project, while the remaining amount would be raised through institutional finance and bank loans.

The eight lane trans-harbour link is going to be the longest sea link in the county and fourth longest in the world.

Work on the project is likely to begin on January 26 next year and it is expected to be completed by March 2014. Modern technology has been used for the link that will have multi-storied parking facility, shuttle bus service etc. The link will reduce traffic congestion on the Mumbai-Porbunder Road
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Old September 11th, 2008, 02:49 AM   #50
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From the MSRDC website:

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The bids were issue on 28th July 2006. However, only one bidder (the consortium led by IL & FS) has submitted the bids. The Reliance Energy Limited (M/s REL) led consortium (With Hyundai Engineering Company) had appealed in the Supreme Court and taken permission from them to submit the bids for the project. M/s REL has submitted its bid on 15.12.2007. Both the bidders who have submitted the bids have technically qualified and their financial bid was opened on 20.02.2008. The following is the concession period quoted by the bidders.
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Old September 11th, 2008, 05:09 AM   #51
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Modern technology has been used for the link that will have multi-storied parking facility, shuttle bus service etc.
parking facility?! on a bridge? shuttle bus i can understand - they should try to get the metro link passed instead.
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Old September 11th, 2008, 05:27 AM   #52
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the parking facility will be at nhava end of the bridge i guess, so that you dont need to take your car into the city
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Old September 13th, 2008, 06:41 PM   #53
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Consider it a waste of money if this sealink has anything less than atleast 8-lanes. 6 lanes are a joke. will get filled up in no time.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 04:53 AM   #54
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DNA: Engineer exodus hits MSRDC

Engineer exodus hits MSRDC

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Already under the burden of cash crunch, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is now facing a human resource crisis as well. Four officials, including an additional chief engineer, have put in their papers in the past two months. All of them have joined private infrastructure companies.
MSRDC is in the process of constructing some of the major infrastructure projects in the entire state. One among these ambitious projects is the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), which is yet to see the light of the day. But two employees of the corporation who were in charge of this project - Vijay Gargav (additional chief engineer) and Vinay Sharma (superintendent engineer) - have resigned. Gargav was also in charge of the skywalk projects which is being implemented along with MMRDA. Their exit is likely to further delay of these projects. VD Kulkarni, another superintendent engineer, along with Satish Patki (executive engineer) have also said goodbye to MSRDC. Kulkarni and Patki were looking after East West water transport project, Versova-Bandra Sea Link project and some other flyover projects such as the one being built near the airport on Western Express Highway.

“Although it has been a trend to quit government jobs and join private companies, the latest development will definitely hamper the speed of the project,” sources in the organisation told DNA. However, some of the officials were quick to respond saying that other than MTHL and skywalk projects, the other projects were in the ‘not so important’ list of the corporation. Hence, the exit of the engineers will not pinch MSRDC. Despite several attempts, none of the officials who have resigned were available for comment.

MSRDC joint managing director Jayant Nashikkar confirmed that these employees have quit. “With the boom in the infrastructure industry, engineers have ample opportunities. They get offers with hefty packages. But it is not correct to say that this will hamper the speed of our project. As you can understand, we are a state government company. We do get a lot of backing from the Public Works Department. If some of our employees have resigned, there will be either fresh recruitment or we can always get PWDengineers on deputation,” said Nashikkar.
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IE: MTHL receives good response, 20 companies show interest

MTHL receives good response, 20 companies show interest

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The state government’s ambitious Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) project, which was embroiled in several issues, has received encouraging response with over 20 Indian and international construction companies expressing interest to design and construct the sea link. In the past the project faced problems including ‘unrealistic’ bids that resulted in the cancellation of the last tender and the state government opting to wholly fund the project’s construction.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which will implement the sea link project, had invited Expression of Interest (EoI) on September 9 from contractors to design and construct the sea link on a turnkey basis. “We’ve received great response from companies across the world expressing interest in designing and constructing the sea link, including international firms,” said Samir Biswas, Joint Managing Director of MSRDC.

According to SB Nage, Chief Engineer, MSRDC, 22 companies responded to the EoI. “The who’s who of Indian construction firms have responded, while around 10 international companies have their expressed their interest,” Nage said. He said that companies like Lloyd’s construction, Gammon India Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd, among others have shown interest to construct the 22.5 km sea link. The project involves construction of an approach road on Sewri side, bridge across inter-tidal zone on both sides, deep sea zone, via duct and embankments.

The tendering process, for this much delayed project has begun with the MSRDC giving out the tender notice on Wednesday. It is expected that the bids would be in by the third week of November, while the letter of acceptance after due evaluation of the bids is tentatively scheduled to be handed over by fourth week of January.

The eight-lane sea link, which is estimated to cost around Rs 6,000 crore, is proposed to commence from Messant Road on eastern side of Sewri railway station on Harbour Line and traversing through the creek waters will meet the main land near Shivaji Nagar and terminate on National Highway 4B at Chirle in Navi Mumbai.

The proposed sea link offers to cut the distance between the two locations by 15 km and reduce travel time from more than two hours to about 30 minutes. According to sources in the MSRDC, like the Bandra-Worli Sea Link that is being constructed on contract basis, the proposed MTHL could also be a cable-stayed bridge.
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 03:18 PM   #56
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Yeah! it is indeed. And perhaps it won't start in the next five years!!!
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Old October 11th, 2008, 05:30 AM   #57
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TOI: Four years later, Sewri-Uran rail link back on track

Four years later, Sewri-Uran rail link back on track

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MUMBAI: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has revived the Sewri-Uran rail link which was dropped four years ago. MMRDA

, with the help of City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), has prepared the design of the link that will cater to the metro as well as suburban rail services.

Initially taken up by MSRDC, the project was abandoned following political pressure to expedite work on the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) between Nhava and Sewri. According to rough estimates, the project will require funds to the tune of Rs 7,000 crore, equal to the cost of the MTHL being funded by MMRDA and executed by the MSRDC. Confirming the move, G R Madan, director for mass rapid transit system (MRTS) of MMRDA, said, The blue print will be ready soon, after which the state administrations approval will be sought.

MMRDA spokesman Dilip Kawathkar said two tracks will be used on the linkstandard gauge for metro and broad gauge for locals. The World Bank is interested in funding the link proposed between Prabhadevi-Sewri-Nhava-(Uran)-Panvel, said an official.

Cidco and the railways have already expedited work on Nerul-Seawoods-Belapur-Uran rail link, which will be connected to the MMRDAs link at Uran, to strengthen the connectivity. The nine new stations to come up on this route are Kille Gaothan, Targhar, Baman Dongri, Khar kopar, Gavhan, Rajanpada, Nava-Sheva, Dronagiri and Uran. These new tracks will then be linked with another metro track proposed between the existing airport and the proposed airport at Panvel. This metro track will start from Charkop and pass through Bandra and Mankhurd, an official said.

According to the MMRDAs design, the metro link between Sewri and Nhava will be of 17 km and the rail corridor between Nhava to Panvel via the proposed international airport will be 20 km long. From Sewri, the metro link will be connected up to proposed Prabhadevi station to be built in the third phase of the metro rail project between Colaba and Bandra. The rail link between Sewri and Prabhadevi station will be around 8 km, the official added.
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State plans monorail on Trans Harbour Link

State plans monorail on Trans Harbour Link

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In a bid to ensure better connectivity, with the proposed international airport at Navi Mumbai and the growth centers in Raigad district, the state Government is planning a monorail route on the Mumbai Trans Harbor Link (MTHL).

Work on the 22-kilometer long MTHL, which will connect Sewri in mainland Mumbai to Nhava across the creek, is due to begin on January 26 next year, and senior state government officials said that a lot of thought is being given on whether the civil structure for a monorail route could be incorporated in the design of the bridge.
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again pipe dreams... god knows when they will actually implement it! Also, are they rooting for monorail because the metro rail was declined (i dont remember why the permission was not given - perhaps environmental reasons)
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